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The Benedict Compulsion

June 15, 2017 James Kalb 8

The ”Benedict Option” now receiving so much attention is rather different from anything pursued by Benedict of Nursia. Even so, there’s a family resemblance, since both have to do with closeness to God and a […]

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Benedictine Options

May 2, 2017 James Kalb 0

“Benedict Option“ is a fertile expression that could refer to several things worth discussing. Saint Benedict had one version of what it means, Rod Dreher has another, and commentators have presented still more. For Benedict himself […]

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Do ideals matter anymore?

April 5, 2017 James Kalb 0

Man is a rational animal. From a moral standpoint, that means he aspires to act—and often does act—in accordance with principles that join together to form an ideal of life. He’s also social, so his […]

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What is “Pro-Life”?

January 10, 2017 James Kalb 0

In America, “pro-life“ mostly means “anti-abortion.“ The name helps counter the “pro-choice“ brand and emphasize the positive concerns at stake. It also supports closely-related concerns such as euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and various reproductive […]

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How many cheers for capitalism?

December 6, 2016 James Kalb 0

Many Christians argue for capitalism on the grounds that markets and private property support man’s rightful freedom, and doing away with them means poverty and tyranny. That seems a strong argument, so in response opponents […]

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Dictatorship and Relativism

November 6, 2016 James Kalb 0

A lot of bad things happen in a world that has lost God. One is the disappearance of the rational freedom that is the natural setting for faith, science, morality, and pursuit of the common […]

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Norms, Abnormality, and False Liberation

October 2, 2016 James Kalb 0

What’s bad about normalizing homosexuality and other forms of sexual nonconformity? If a woman becomes sexually involved with another woman, or redefines herself as a man, how does it harm anyone else? Why not just […]

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Brexit, Trump, and Identity

August 8, 2016 James Kalb 0

Brexit and the Trump movement, with their emphasis on  the decisive importance of national identity, show that explicit identity politics has spread to all points of the political compass. That’s not surprising, since identity is […]